RESIDENTIAL STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
When we build or introduce new surfaces to an existing landscape, it’s important to consider the natural flow of water in that area may be disrupted. Adding impervious surfaces like roofs and residential driveways increase the amount of stormwater runoff, which collects particles of oil, dust, and other pollutants as it travels over the surface of the ground.
This results in an excess of stormwater runoff, which let untreated will travel through drains and gutters until finally depositing into lakes, streams, and the ocean. Negative consequences of this include the following:
- Pollutants are carried into the oceans and out waterways where they can affect wildlife and water quality
- Debris carried in stormwater can clog out storm drains and cause residential flooding
- Increased volumes of stormwater can erode streambanks and hillsides
To avoid these adverse impacts to our property and the environment, federal, state and local laws and regulations require that stormwater be managed by residential and commercial property owners.
For more information go to www.stormwaterpa.org/cumberland-county.html
The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) prohibits the discharge of pollutants into waterways without the appropriate permits. Pennsylvania’s Stormwater Management Act (better known as Act 167), MS4 Program, Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements), and NPDES Permit Program for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities are amongst the Commonwealth’s methods for meeting the runoff-related requirements of the Clean Water Act.
For all practical purposes, though, implementation of stormwater management efforts in Pennsylvania occurs at the community level because individual municipalities are ultimately responsible for adopting zoning ordinances, subdivision and land development regulations, and other programs that keep their locality’s runoff under control.
Contrary to the common perception, properly planning for stormwater can accomplish this goal while speeding the permitting process, saving on construction costs, and resulting in profitable projects that enhance a community in multiple ways.
– Pennsylvania’s Storm Water Management Act (Act 167) – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Fact Sheet on storm water runoff
– United States Environmental Protection Agency – EPA – Water: Permitting (NPDES) – Pollution Prevention & Control – EPA Website
– Penn State College of Agricultural Science – Resource Page
– Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater – Start your own plan here
– Cumberland County Recycling and Waster Disposal – Main Page
– Lower Allen Township – 2013-2014 Annual Report
– Lower Allen Township – 2013-2014 Annual Municipal Activity Report
– Lower Allen Township – 2014-2015 Annual Municipal Activity Report
-Lower Allen Township – 2015-2016 Annual Municipal Activity Report